The Eritrean-Ethiopian Claims Commission on Monday announced its decision regarding damage claims by Ethiopia and Eritrea against one another during the 1998-2000 war. The decision awarded Ethiopia an estimated US $10 million more in damages than Eritrea.
The lengthy decision, published on the commission's web site today, was accepted by the State of Eritrea, according to a State of Eritrea press release. Ethiopia, however, was noncommittal. The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a release today saying, "We shall further study the details of the final award."
The Permanent Court of Claims five-judge panel ruled that the commission awarded Eritrea US $161,455,000 in monetary compensation for Ethiopian violations, and awarded Ethiopia US $174,036,520 in compensation for Eritrean violations.
Among other decisions regarding claims of liability as a consequence of the war, the court dismissed Ethiopia's claims of damages due to Eritrean confiscation of ships and relief aid, and determined that it is "impossible" and "inordinately expensive" to attempt to identify the specific individuals who suffered from "rape, physical abuse and intentional killings."
The court process was based on an agreement reached in Algiers in 2001 between the two governments to submit to binding arbitration of all claims for loss, damage or injury.